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Urgent need for greater GCC-US partnership on regional security

  • Riyadh last Wednesday hosted an important GCC-US security meeting, which focused on maritime security and missile defense. Working groups on these two subjects were formed in 2015 under the GCC-US Strategic Partnership framework that was set up following the meeting between GCC leaders and Pres...
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Geopolitical changes propel Germany-Gulf partnership

  • The King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies on Sunday convened an important session on “Foreign and Security Policy in the Framework of the German-Arab Gulf Dialogue on Security and Cooperation.” The meeting was especially timely given the Ukraine crisis and the changes it has broug...
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War-related sexual violence persists despite UN efforts

  • During her visit to the region this week, the top UN official in charge of combating sexual violence during conflicts made an appeal for support of the organization’s efforts to deal with this scourge. Regrettably, the Middle East’s many conflicts have witnessed unspeakable atrocities targeting...
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Why developing countries should sit out the new cold war

  • Visiting Brussels for the second time in a month, one could not fail to notice how the Ukraine crisis is casting a longer shadow over the city and the EU than just a month ago. The EU had been gearing up for competition with China, but the Ukraine crisis has added another twist. There is very l...
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GCC holds first meeting with Afghanistan’s de facto rulers

  • A Gulf Cooperation Council delegation on Monday met for the first time with representatives from the de facto authorities in Afghanistan, aka the Taliban, in Qatar. Previously, representatives from individual GCC member states had met with the group in various capacities, mostly to discuss the ...
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Time short to save Lebanon from a self-inflicted demise

  • Friday marks the first anniversary of the assassination of Lokman Slim, a well-known Lebanese Shiite publisher and commentator and a frequent critic of Hezbollah. His family and others have blamed Hezbollah for his murder. A year later, no one has been charged with Slim’s killing. The official ...
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Europe should work with Gulf amid emerging security threats

  • During a recent visit to Brussels, it became clear to me that Europe is preoccupied with threats to its security. Europe faces two security dilemmas: The first includes the effects of emerging threats associated with climate change, energy and COVID-19, while the second is how to deal with the ...
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Climate change, aid emphasized in King Salman’s Shoura address

  • King Salman’s address to the Shoura Council on Dec. 30 gave important guidance to the council on the government’s priorities for 2022. While its focus was on domestic policies, the speech concluded by clarifying Saudi Arabia’s policies on a number of key regional and international issues, inclu...
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GCC, UK ministers renew old ties and chart new paths

  • Despite pandemic woes, the UK’s new foreign secretary convened a meeting with Gulf Cooperation Council foreign ministers on Monday. The timing indicates the urgency with which the UK regards the GCC region geopolitically and economically. Ever since the two sides established their “strategic ...
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GCC summit stresses collective defense and shared prosperity

  • The Gulf Cooperation Council summit that concluded on Tuesday night came at a critical time for regional security, the urgent push toward economic diversification and coordinated action on climate change. The Vienna talks are in deadlock, especially after the new Tehran administration’s backsli...
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